4/11 Morning Marquee: Cubs’ bullpen woes continue, Pineda substance


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Travis Wood pitched six shutout innings and struck out a career-high nine batters before the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen imploded and dropped a 4-0 lead as they fell 5-4 to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Emilio Bonifacio struggled at plate going 0-for-4, but did draw a walk in the first while Starlin Castro went 3-for-4 at the plate. Junior Lake and Mike Olt saw their first start against right-handed pitching and combined to go 0-for-6 with two strikeouts each.

Around the league, Michael Pineda earned his first win as a New York Yankee, but it was overshadowed with a substance on his hand raised questions; across town 22-year-old outfielder Avisail Garcia will have season-ending surgery on a torn labrum and Tampa Bay Rays’ pitcher Matt Moore may need Tommy John surgery.

Chicago Tribune: Video: Cubs’ Russell on allowing game-winning HR

Chicago Sun-Times: Ump says Starlin Castro beat tag at plate

Daily Herald: Cubs’ bullpen blows Wood’s solid start

ESPN Chicago: Happy with a loss? You should be

CSN Chicago: Cardinals, Yankees will be tough test for Cubs and Anthony Rizzo

FOX Sports: Pineda gets first win as Yankee, but substance on hand raises questions

CBS Sports: Matt Moore has tear in UCL, may need Tommy John surgery

SI The Strikezone: Shoulder injury shelves White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia for season

NBC Sports: A’s remove $10 million pickup Jim Johnson from closer role

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